Extraordinary People: Canandaigua volunteer refuses to slow down

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Next month, a very special woman in Canandaigua will turn 90 years old. But, you wouldn't know it. She still mows her own lawn and prioritizes taking care of others. 

Most people who live in Canandaigua know Helen Myers.

"You know 'You go to the Cheers bar and everybody knows your name'? Everybody knows Helen in Canandaigua," said Pam Gangloff, volunteer coordinator for Sonnenberg Gardens. "She's loved in this community by every single person that she touches."

At almost 90 years old, Myers still volunteers at least 25 hours each week at different places throughout the community. For example, she's been the lead housekeeper at Sonnenberg Gardens since 1984. 

"Helen's been coming here forever, since she was a child," said Gangloff. "Helen is a part of Sonnenberg. We have fun with her. We have fun back and forth. She drives me nuts, and I love Helen. She's an inspiration to a lot of different people. She doesn't just volunteer here, she volunteers all over the community. She gives back to the canandaigua community."

"I like people," said Myers. "I love to talk, I'm a chatterbox. I like to put a smile on people's faces."

You can also find Myers at Thompson Health Visiting Patients, or at the county home visiting residents. She says the more than 10,000 hours she's donated in Canandaigua are all worth it. 

"I always say, 'you've overpaid me' and they'll get this look on their face, and I'll say 'you've smiled twice at me today,' and then I get another smile!" said Myers.

This community still has plenty of time with Myers to look forward to. She said her grandmother lived to 100 years old, and her goal is to live to 102 years old, volunteering until that time. 


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